Meanwhile in the Real World

These past few months I’ve been working on a new project at work. It has
been frustrating at times because for a long while i was used to being the
guy with all the answers. In this project I know nothing and it has been
all about learning.

I don’t want to get to into the details but the end goal is that I’ll end
up as the system administrator for a brand new piece of software. That’s
after the go-live of course as the developers still have their hands on it.

I think the biggest and most painful lesson I’ve learned on this project is
just how little about the business processes I know. Give me a database and
some data to move around and I’m good but validating that a new system is
processing correctly? Not so much.

Normally I’d be the one doing the development but with a new system that
I’m unfamiliar with I am in a position where I have to rely on the vendor
to handle that. It has left me feeling a little useless so I’ve been trying
to handle little sub projects where I can like standing up a new issue
tracker for the new system.

On the bright side, this is the first project I’ve been on in a long time
where the success or failure of it wasn’t riding on my shoulders. That in
itself is very freeing. Even so, I hope the near future has me taking on
more responsibility and playing more of a direct role in the project.

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